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• Have you ever plugged your computer equipment (e.g., computer, monitor, printer) or other electronics directly into a wall socket? • Have you ever plugged your computer equipment or other electronics into a power strip? • Have you ever had your electronics turn off or restart because of a storm, power outage, or surge in the electric? If you answered yes to just one of these questions you are putting your electronics at risk for failure.
• “Damage from lightning to home electronics usually occurs from an indirect strike to utility poles or wires nearby entering the building through power, phone and TV lines.” (FPL Energy Service) • “More than 40 percent of all computer crashes and data losses are caused by power surges.” (PowerHouse) • “40% of all electricity is used to power home appliances while they are turned off.” (Ideal Bite)
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What Are You Protecting Yourself From? How to Stay Safe
• Lightning Strikes. There are at least 100,000 thunderstorms a year across the US alone. • Power anomalies and surges. Electricity is filled with variances and fluctuations that can be especially hard on electronic equipment such as your computer.
• Buy a surge protector (not a power strip) for electronics. It should cover lightning strikes, have insurance that covers property loss, a place for your modem jack (RJ11) and/or a cable modem jack (RJ45). • You may want to consider purchasing a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) which gives you protection plus a battery backup that allows you to save data before the computer shuts down if there is an outage.
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